At first I thought the YETI Rambler was a big marketing gimmick, one of those things where you were paying just for the brand. It’s a good thing someone gifted me one because I’m not sure I would have bought one for myself. I now own 3 (all gifts BTW). It’s awesome around the house and the pool, but I’ve found it’s also an indispensable travel companion. Here’s what I love about it:
- The 20oz size is perfect for traveling, it fits perfectly in a pocket on my backpack. For me the 32oz feels too big to travel with.
- I have an after market slide top lid. I bought this before YETI made one of their own, which I will eventually try and post about. With the slide top lid I can carry my full Yeti in my back pack without spilling on myself if I bend over to tie my shoe.
- As you see from the dive flag, I personalize my YETI. As they get more popular this makes sure that I’m drinking my drink, and it’s proven to be a good conversation starter. Mrs. Blanco helps me change out the personalization from time to time.
- Bottled water can be expensive in the airport. In places with safe drinking water I instead fill up for free at any fountain machine or restaurant.
- Flights are dry and airlines have little cups. I usually just ask them to fill up my YETI instead and I’ve rarely been turned down. Cold water for the entire flight, yes please!
- Some resorts will fill it with whatever beverage you want. Enough said.
- They take a beating. Mrs. Blanco fell getting on a sail boat with this one in St. Martin and as a result it now has a flat spot on the rim. Whenever I fill it up, I’m reminded of that trip.
There are a lot of YETI knock-off products out there that may give you all the benefits listed above and save you a few bucks. I can’t speak for them. Give them a shot if you want to. But after traveling with both my YETI Rambler and Tundra 65 I’ve become a YETI believer.